AMD has launched the second driver with assist for the brand new Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX graphics playing cards. Adrenalin Version 22.12.2 WHQL is an RDNA 3 GPU series-exclusive driver, and its headlining high quality is that it could considerably cut back energy utilization when the GPU is used to speed up video decoding. Elsewhere within the driver, there are a handful of system and gaming fixes, however no new options appear to have been added.
Various tech websites and lovers have observed that the brand new RX 7900 household GPUs devour a shocking quantity of energy when decoding video, when multi-monitor setups are idling, or whereas desktop home windows are being moved round. Germany’s ComputerBase was amongst those who shined a lightweight on these quirky energy points, and it feedback that the RDNA 3 GPUs had been rather more energy thirsty throughout these duties than the RX 6000 sequence graphics playing cards (with RDNA 2 GPU structure).
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Above are a pair of charts from ComputerBase that spotlight how the RX 7900 XT(X) are really outliers within the video playback effectivity stakes. Enjoying 4K, 60 fps movies on YouTube, these new Radeons might devour 70 or 80W. That is greater than double the facility consumption one would possibly moderately count on in the event you have a look at predecessors and opponents. The 4K 60fps HDR video playback energy consumption figures for the brand new RDNA 3 graphics playing cards had been nonetheless excessive, however rather more just like predecessors and rivals. Based on the supply, the software program driver tweaks can have been focused at AMD’s Video Codec Engine (VCE) to repair this video playback energy consumption challenge.
AMD isn’t completed with the RX 7900 XT(X) energy consumption tweaks. In driver 22.12.2 launch notes it says that “excessive idle energy has situationally been noticed when utilizing choose excessive decision and excessive refresh charge shows,” and this stays a recognized challenge. Additional energy effectivity enhancements will are available in subsequent driver updates, says AMD.
The brand new driver for Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) graphics playing cards additionally fixes the next:
- Corruption could also be encountered when utilizing Digital Tremendous Decision with multi-display configurations.
- A system crash could also be noticed when altering show modes with 4 show configurations.
- Whereas loading Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales an app crash or driver timeout might happen after enabling ray tracing settings.
We will be doing extra Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) graphics playing cards testing quickly, so please keep tuned for the Graphics Editor’s observations with the newest driver.
Should you personal any Radeon graphics card apart from the RX 7900 XT(X) your latest Adrenalin driver model is 22.11.2, on the time of writing.